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Ignored or Ill-Represented?: The Grievance of Terai-Madhes Conflict in Nepal

Bishnu Raj Upreti (Author) Suman Babu Paudel (Author) Safal Ghimire (Author)

In the wake of recent democratic movements in Nepal, Terai-Madhes region has emerged as a hot topic in politics and academia. It is now known not only as an agriculturally fertile, but also a politically contested region. There is a contest for recognition for representation and for redistribution of power to tens of ethnic groups residing in this region.

Whatever the present contentions are people in this region had long been suffering from the ignorance by the establishment as well as the regional elites. Unfortunately most of the academic analyses so far have been concentrating merely on centre to periphery exploitation.

This book counter argues that there are also many other reasons than this, viz, international geopolitical interests stronghold of regional elites and immense diversity of societies within the region. This book begins its journey from the semantic debate on the region illustrates the historical context of exclusion and discrimination provides a snapshot of the regional uprising of 2007 and explores international geopolitical causes behind the prolonged conflict. Mainly focusing on the rise of communalism, it also discusses about positive and negative impacts of the overall conflicts in Terai-Madhes region.

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About the authors

Bishnu Raj Upreti

Bishnu Raj Upreti holds a PhD in conflict management (2001) from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He is actively engaged in conflict transformation and peace research as a researcher in South Asia. During 26 years of professional career, he has engaged in teaching and research at University of London and University of Surrey in the UK as well as teaching at Kathmandu University and South Asian Institute of Technology of Purbanchal University. He worked in international organizations such as UNDP, SDC, IDRC, IUCN, SNV, UMN, International Alert, DANIDA, DFID, ADB, MS, WFP, FAO, and CARE International, ARD Inc, in the capacity of professional staff and consultant. He has also spent some years in government service as an assistant agricultural economist selected from the Public Service Commission. He has eight books to his credit on conflict management and many articles in different national and international journals, magazines and edited books. Currently, he is Regional Coordinator, South Asia Coordination Office of Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR)-North-South, based in Kathmandu.

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Suman Babu Paudel

Suman Babu Paudel has obtained Masters from School of Arts, Kathmandu University with thesis research on "Madhes Conflict and Changed Social Relationship'. He has penned several articles on migration and displacement as well as surveyed widely on the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South and can be reached.

Safal Ghimire

Safal Ghimire, an M.A. in Resources Studies from Kathmandu University, has concentration on conflict and economy. He has edited and authored books and scientific papers on conflict and security issues for national and international anthologies, peer-reviewed journals, magazines and daily newspapers. At the South Asia Office of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South.

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Title Ignored or Ill-Represented?: The Grievance of Terai-Madhes Conflict in Nepal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2012
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Adroit Publishers
Language: English
isbn 9788187392996
length viii+168p., 23cm.